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Feedback from the JISC ‘Modelling the Library Domain’ workshop in June is now available on the web at A few interesting comments amongst the feedback about the definitions.

Some good suggestions about next steps, particularly about providing some more explanation and clarification/exemplars to make it easier for people to understand the applicability of the Model


Listening to a thought-provoking presentation by Martin Weller recently  on ‘Blogging and Academic Identity’ raised a few questions about the challenges that digital scholarship sets for libraries.

Broadly, the idea is that some academics are increasingly building an academic identity using social networking tools.  Essentially they are building academic networks in the web 2.0 environment and are starting to publish to the web as an alternative to traditional academic publishing models.

For libraries a model of academic output that uses blogs, slideshare and flickr as much as peer-reviewed learned journals represents a major challenge and potentially leads to a fundamental rethinking of how libraries approach the management of resources.  Some of the issues include:

  • the potentially ephemeral nature of blogs, forums and other shared-spaces
  • how do librarians evaluate the value of material published in ‘social academia’?
  • how do librarians track down relevant links in blogs and evaluate the significance?
  • what about conversations that take place in shared spaces amongst networks of academics?
  • who is first to cite a twitter-stream? as  evidence of thoughts or concepts

The potentially ephemeral nature of web content in the social networking arena brings to mind the world of antiquity where our knowledge of some of the great ‘ lost works’ of ancient literature are only known to us by references to them in later works.   A curious situation for the 21st century

Twitter posts

  • RT @simonjbains: Important point about the ethics associated with gathering user data. There are some very strong feelings about this, for… 2 days ago
  • RT @digitalfay: Oh the pain... it's like a cringy docu-soap, but worse cos it's our fault as information professionals 😞 #uxlibs #libux htt… 3 days ago
  • RT @SelenaKillick: Just like the Windmill Theatre, the @OU_Library never closes! 😉 Our webchat is available to help you use the Online Libr… 2 weeks ago
  • RT @josiefraser: Phrase 'digital natives' has pretty much become a shibboleth amongst edtech & digital inclusion communities. Using it sign… 2 weeks ago
  • Clay How do we nudge students to making best use of library to improve success by using data #sheriferes 2 weeks ago



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